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We naturally have the tendency to look for the lightest bike on the market. The weight is definitely a major factor in choosing your next bike, but other factors must also be taken into account. The weight of the bike is not necessarily a guarantee of quality. Otherwise, the cyclo-tourist would require a solid frame to carry the weight of the extra baggage.

Energy transmission from the pedals to the wheels must be optimal. You must choose a bike that fits your body stature and your cycling profile to maximize this energy transmission.

There will be no benefit from a very light bike if you're not well positioned on it or not well adjusted to it. Your local bike shop can measure you to insure a custom fit. The combination of the bike frame, the stem and riser and the handlebars will give you an optimal cycling experience that making your runs …

Of course the wheels are also an important factor. Their weight and strength should fit your training type and the route you usually cycle on.

Road bikes can be identified by their skinny tires and down-turned handlebars. These bikes rule the road due to their extreme efficiency and speed. The larger thin tires help it glide along the road with little effort and the multi-position handlebar offers a lot of grip variations. A road bike is the supreme choice for anyone intent on riding on pavement, especially for longer rides. It is our great fortune to live in an area with an abundance of great roads for cycling.

For a training or competition road bike, the weight should vary between 19 and 22 lbs. Considering the extra weight of luggage on a cyclo-tourist bike, good bikes vary between 24-30 lbs.

So, before buying a great looking bike, go to your local cycle shop, have yourself measured and fitted to a bike that will meet your needs.

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Source by Denis Belanger